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Our Board of Directors

John Gillespie - Founder From 1988 to present Instructor, Counselor- Alpha & Omega Freedom  Ministries, Inc. LCU Masters in Theology, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Ordained Minister, Hardee County Ministerial  Association, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Highlands County  Coalition for Homeless, Grace Fellowship & Riverview Heights Baptist Church

Dr. Nicholas Timmerman - OD; Board President; 1988 to present

Doctor of Optometry, Sevigny Eye Care, Former Hardee County Commissioner for 12 years,

Hardee County Housing Authority, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Lion's Club member, Central

Florida Optometric Society, and American Optometric Society member.


Lorraine Gillespie - Founder and Counselor, 1988 to present

Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.; LCU Bachelors in Theology, Certified Recover Support Specialist, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Coalition for the Homeless, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless, Wauchula Women's Club and Grace Fellowship 

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Karen Tibbs -  Executive Director-2019 to present, Trustee from 2010 to 2019

Prior owner of Forms Design a printing company in Sarasota Fl. Presently, Karen is an independant sales contractor of printing, Visa Debit Paycards, payroll services, and employee leasing.

Karen is very active in drama, youth, and teaching at Sarasota Christian Church.

Christine Price (Chris)- Board Secretary, Grant Writer - 2009 to present. BA in Management of Human Resources, Supervisory Management Certification from State Of Florida, Multi-Program Housing Certification, Counselor for Addictive Patters, Codependency, Addictions and Mental Illness recovery, Domestic Violence Training, 10 years Service Award Children & Families, Secretary of Florida Merit Award for Quality Assurance, and Ordained Minister.  Chris also has been a children's teacher and counselor as well as teen counselor for over 25 years. Attends Real Life Church in Bowling Green and has painted the sets for Story of Jesus for 24 years, made costumes and was a special makeup artist.

Esther Alvarado - Director-1996 to present

Esther is currently a case Manager at AOFM, Inc, Certified Duluth Model Counselor; BA in Theology, Ordained Minister, Spanish Interpreter, Anger Management Counselor, Parenting Class Teacher, Women's Club member, Department of Children & Families affiliate, and is a member at Faith Temple Church of God.


Anita Rogers - Marketing Director and Board Director-2021 to present (Had been with us 2 years prior as Shelter manager and Assistant to Executive Director)  

Sylvia Collins, PHD, Board Director since 1988 to present

Darrel Jensen - CPA-Board Director joined in 2022

Jan knight - retired, Abstract and Title Specialist, Board Director joined in 2022 

Note:  If you have a desire to help us make a big impact on domestic violence victims and homeless women and children to serve on our board of directors, Please call 941-650-8719 Karen Tibbs, our Executive director.  We need at least three more directors to serve once a month and special occasions only. Or call 863-773-5717 and ask for Chris Price.

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